320,000 ALL OUT MEMBERS CELEBRATE FRENCH MARRIAGE VICTORY

Paris, France -  On Friday May 17, 2013,, President Hollande signed a bill that gives gays and lesbians the right to marry France.
  • French President Hollande signs bill giving gays and lesbians the right to marry in France

  • More than 300,000 All Out members signed a petition urging the French Parliament to pass the bill

  • All Out members rallied in 17 cities throughout France leading up to bill’s passage

“More than 300,000 All Out members spoke loud and clear and the French government responded,” Andre Banks Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out said, “Now, those who signed France’s largest online petition in history have been answered. Marriage for gays and lesbians is a reality in France.”

“In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay, in 10 it could cost you your life,” Andre Banks continued. “France is sending a strong message to the world that no one should sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love. We invite the French government and the French people to join All Out in building a powerful global movement for love and equality.”

To see the live signature totals from All Out’s petition visit: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/egalite_maintenant


Source; All Out press release
 
 
Brazil’s National Council of Justice just ruled that public notaries across the country cannot turn away gays and lesbians seeking marriage licenses

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - On Tuesday, Brazil’s National Council of Justice with a vote of 14 -1 approved a resolution that prohibits public notaries across the country to deny same-sex couples access to marriage.

While rulings by the National Council of Justice can be appealed to the Supreme Court, an appeal in this case appears unlikely. Brazil’s Deputy General Prosecutor Francisco Sanseverino said the Brazilian Federal Public Ministry (MPF) would not appeal the decision.

“At All Out, we are building a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love,” Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out said today. ”Brazil’s National Council of Justice’s ruling brings our vision one step closer to reality. We celebrate this incredible moment with thousands of All Out members across Brazil and Latin America.”

“I am so proud of my country,” Leandro Ramos, All Out’s Campaign Manager for Brazil said. “Even though our marriage equality bill is still looming in Congress, this is a historic moment we should all celebrate. In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life, but in Brazil we can serve as an example to the rest of the world. No matter who you are, you should have the freedom to marry the person you love.”

Source: Press release by All Out